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SLA 2012 in the Windy City: Conference Highlights from a SLA Rising Star

SLA 2012

SLA 2012 — Seeing people I’ve met at previous SLA conferences, meeting people in-person that I’m connected with on LinkedIn, and meeting completely new people. It was a good conference.

Rapid Fire Consultant Showcase
Consultant or not, information professionals or anyone for that matter, need to have their own pitch or elevator speech and be able to deliver it. Jan Sykes and Lorri Zipperer (the session organizers) provided an informal environment for attendees to deliver their pitches and get feedback from fellow attendees.
Resources to check out:

2012 SLA Fellows and Rising Stars Roundtable
This was the third annual SLA Fellows and Rising Stars Roundtable. This year’s umbrella roundtable topic is how technology has changed and has not changed the information profession, with sub-topics grouped by pairs. Each pair consisted of a Rising Star and a Fellow.
The line-up:

  • Search and Content Expertise — Ruth Kneale (Fellow) and Chris Zammarelli (Star)
  • Engagement with Customers and Users — Scott Brown (Fellow) and Davis Erin Anderson (Star)
  • Leadership and Change Management — Ann Cullen (Fellow) and Lisa Chow (Star)
  • Organizational Strategy — Chris Olson (Fellow) and Janel Kinlaw (Star)
  • Giving Back and Volunteering — Roberto Sarmiento (Fellow) and Moy McIntosh (Star)

User Experience (UX) Caucus Meeting
The UX Caucus, SLA’s newest caucus (formed in January 2011), met for the second time at this year’s SLA conference. Angela Schmeidel Randall, Gretchen McNeely, and I each talked about our work and experiences with usability and user experience.

Congrats to this year’s SLA awardees with a shout-out to fellow Pratt alum (Davis Erin Anderson and Moy McIntosh) on receiving this year’s SLA Rising Star award.

Future Ready
Last year’s SLA conference was in Philadelphia and SLA 2013 will be in San Diego.

SLA 2011 Conference Highlights from a SLA Rising Star


SLA 2011 highlights:

Can you feel the LOVE?

Philly welcome banner

Philly shows its brotherly love and welcomes SLA 2011

thomas friedman

Thomas Friedman speaks at SLA General Opening Session

Takeaways from Friedman’s talk

1. Whatever can be done will be done. The question is will it be done by you or to you.

2. Being average is officially over. What’s your extra? Find it, develop it and exploit it.

sla rising stars

SLA Rising Star Award


Congrats to my fellow SLA Rising Stars and all SLA 2011 awardees!

Shout-outs to:

– Two Pratt SILS people – Clara Cabrera and Susan DiMattia

– My fellow panelists for “It’s All Hallway! An Unconference Approach to Professional Development” – Karen Huffman and Mary Talley Garcia

Elevator Speech Tips (Mary Ellen Bates)

1. Kill the “speech” – what you want to do is start/create a conversation.

2. “So, what do you do?” — Focus on why, not how or what.

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SLA 2011: Pennsylvania Convention Center

Takeaways from Mary Ellen Bates’ talk on Info Pro Guerrilla Marketing

1. Create a brag-ologue.

2. Strut your stuff.

3. Build a 3D profile.

4. See yourself as a brand.

5. Work with fear.

We Got Stood Up :(

We were looking forward to facilitating Power Hour for Your Professional Development at NYPL Mulberry yesterday, but no one showed. But rather than mope at our unpopularity, we went across the street to Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe and asked ourselves, “where did we go wrong and what can we do better next time?”

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Power Hour: BYOR

Bring your own resume (BYOR) to Power Hour for Your Professional Development on Wednesday, March 23 @ 5:30pm at NYPL Mulberry Library.

Includes resume swaps, speed networking and elevator speech tips.

No registration needed. Just show up.

More info

Looking for Ways to Freshen Up Your Skills?

Save the dates.

Professional and Career Development: Tips, Tricks and Tools for the Information Professional
Thursday, March 3 @ 5:30pm
We will share our experiences and some tips, tricks and tools for your career development no matter your level and experience in the profession.
More info

Power Hour for Your Professional Development
Wednesday, March 23 @ 5:30pm
NYPL Mulberry Library
Includes resume swaps, elevator speech and speed networking.
More info